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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Western Opinion Sampler: How to do Obamacare right ...

Hmmm. Apparently, the memo from the Mainstream Media Monolithic Cabal got stuck in my email. (I guess folks at the NSA didn't get around to passing along my copy after they read it.) So, while The Tribune opined on the lack of water in Utah, the theme among many others was what to do, and not do, about the Affordable Care Act. Viz:

Making the Affordable Care Act work — Deseret News Editorial

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... When the High Court upheld the law, many in Congress redoubled their efforts to undo Obamacare before it fully goes in to effect. Utah Sen. Mike Lee is leading the charge to defund the ACA, even at the risk of a government shutdown....

...Former Utah governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt doesn't share that cynical partisan viewpoint.

"I opposed the Affordable Care Act, and I still believe that big changes to the law are necessary. But I'm not hoping for a wreck," Leavitt wrote in a recent opinion piece for the Washington Post. "That outcome would hurt ordinary people, not just politicians."

Leavitt is right. ...

Simpson wisely skips a showdown — Idaho Statesman Editorial...Now that we understand their posture better, we still don't embrace the exercise, and we are glad to hear Rep. Mike Simpson isn't adopting it. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Simpson doesn't want to tempt fate or test Obama's resolve, even though Simpson himself is dead-set against Obamacare.

"I don't like it (the strategy)," he told the Statesman's Editorial Board on Tuesday. "There is an old saying in politics that you never want to take a hostage that you can't shoot. This is a hostage we should not shoot, and I won't. Closing the government down has significant consequences. I realize that the people who have signed the letter and so on, that their intent is not to shut the government down." ...

Idaho health plan should also include poor — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

... By rejecting more federal money with Medicaid, Idaho’s lawmakers are disqualifying the poorest of the state’s citizens for help. Not only will they suffer financially and/or medically, the burden on hospitals that health care reform was designed in part to relieve will remain. ...

GOP's moment of truth on Obamacare has arrived, in Wentzville of all places — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

The moment the Republican obfuscators of Obamacare feared has come to pass.

On Tuesday, the Post-Dispatch’s Tim Logan reported that a Virginia-based company is bringing to Wentzville one of three national call centers to handle health insurance applications under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed derisively by the GOP as Obamacare.

Serco Inc., a private company that contracts with the federal government, is bringing 600 jobs to a legislative and congressional district that is redder than red. ...

Insuring "young invincibles" who are very much not — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

... The health care act, aimed at providing health coverage for more Americans and thus lowering, again on average, the price of coverage for all, has to be based on those who aren’t often sick paying into the pool as well as those who are.

There’s nothing unusual about that. It’s the way every insurance plan in the world works. If only those automobile owners whose cars are perpetually being stolen or totaled in fiery crashes were customers of your insurance company, nobody would be able to get affordable coverage.

So the healthy, sure, and even the "invincible" have to pay into a health care plan in order for those who do need a doctor to be able to afford one. ...

More may not be better in health screenings — Des Moines Register Editorial

... The bottom line: Americans overuse health care. As much as one-third of tests and treatments patients undergo are unnecessary. Though cancer screenings can save lives, they also result in expensive biopsies and procedures that can result in infections to incontinence to radiation exposure that increase the risk of cancer in the future. ...

It’s time for real health care reform — Shelley Pineo-Jensen | For The Eugene Register Guard

Labor unions are joining the movement for universal health care as the next logical step after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare. Health care is still a for-profit corporate industry under the ACA. There is a better way. ...

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